Over recent years, gaming has become more mainstream, having found its way into more homes, stores, merchandise, and more recently, fundraising. One of the major forces behind gaming fundraisers is none other than Extra Life. Extra Life is a non-profit charity organization run through the Children’s Miracle Network. While fundraising takes place year-round, a major event is an annual 24 hour gaming marathon where gamers band together to raise funds and awareness for their selected Children’s Hospital. This charity organization started in 2008 in memory of middle schooler Victoria Enmon, who died after her four year battle with leukemia. As of 2017, participants, known in the community as “Extra Lifers,” have raised over $40 million since the charity started. Being partnered with Children’s Miracle Network has enabled this charity to reach millions of kids around the world, ten million of whom are in the United States alone.
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